You might have heard that DEVO drummer Alan Meyers passed away last week. There’s no denying DEVO are total heroes of not only rock and roll but American music in general, and Meyers was a huge part of the band’s sound. In an odd bit of timing, last week also saw the first reissue of Hardcore, a collection of demos made from 1974-1977. The collection includes early versions of old favorites like “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo,” but the real treats come out in otherwise unreleased songs. Check out “Auto Modown” below. After showing it to a few friends, we’ve heard comparisons to Captain Beefheart, White Fence, and Run-D.M.C., and we wouldn’t say any of them are wrong. That’s DEVO for you. Pick up Hardcore from Superior Viaduct here, or request it at your local record store of choice. D-E-V-O.

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